FLAMING GORGE: Surface temps of 68 degrees. Recreational boater traffic has slowed.
Lake trout: Lake Trout are beginning to move to spawning locations and some are getting spawning colors. Recent fishing reports indicate that lake trout fishing has been fair to good. Most fish will be deeper so try looking for fish in 70-100 feet of water near main channel points and ridges. As water temps continue to cool, trolling minnow lures nearer to the surface will start to work better. If trolling, watch for concentrations and individual fish on your fish finder and if located, vertically jig a 1/4-3/8 ounce 3.5-inch white or glow-n-the-dark tube jig (Dry Creek Outfitters, yamamoto, gitzit) tipped with sucker/chub meat. Crayfish color jigs also will work for small fish. You can also try slow trolling heavy jigs or use small spoons and crankbaits trolled on downriggers. Small lake trout less than 25-inches have become overabundant, causing competition for food and a decrease in growth rates. If this trend continues, it will impact the trophy lake trout component (less food to grow big fish). Please help the resource by harvesting your limit of lake trout less than 25-inches. This size class of fish also makes exceptional table fare. Fishing for small lake trout during the fall and early winter can be exceptional so take advantage of the 12 fish limit and 2 day possession and fill up the freezer with some smoked lake trout. They make great Christmas gifts for your fish loving friends.
Kokanee salmon: Possession of kokanee closed Sept. 10 - Nov. 30.
Rainbow trout: Fishing has been good. Boat anglers can catch them long lining or using downriggers in 20-50 ft. Also try using planer boards trolled close to shore as surface temps drop. Anglers can also try casting lures and worms and a bobber from shore. Fishing will only get better from shore as water temps cool down.
Smallmouth bass: Fishing for smallmouth has been good in the canyon. Angler report good catch rates using typical smallmouth baits. Larger fish have gone deeper (20-30 ft). Try reaction lures like tube jigs and ned rigs that might imitate crayfish. Small twist tail jigs also work well to catch smaller bass. Fishing success should stay good for the next couple months until surface temps drop below 50 degrees.
Burbot: No reports but burbot fishing should start to pick up as water temps dropp off. Target burbot on rocky points and shorelines in 50-60 feet of water at night using glow-in-the-dark lures like Yamamoto grubs, Radical Glow tubes, Maniac Cutterbugs, and Northland Buckshot or Flutter spoons. Tip the lure with sucker/chub meat, recharge glow frequently, and jig the presentation a couple inches from the bottom. In Oct-Dec, as water temperatures cool off and fish prepare to spawn, try fishing shallower at night(20-30 feet)using the same techniques to get prespawn fish.